Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wax On, Wax Off

I recently got around to waxing some bottles I am "cellaring."

Cookin it up.

I enjoyed SA Christmas Ale whilst the wax was melting. This beer really surprised me. I was not expecting much, but it turned out to be a very tasy, complex ale. SA is slowly inching its way towards being my favorite Texas brewery.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sorry about the lack of posting lately. My grandfather recently passed away. I have been in Orlando for the past five days. I am back in Austin now and ready to step it up, blogwise.

The picture above is obviously of the very refreshing Cascade Ale by Deschutes, one of the beers my cousin, Daniela, brought me back from her recent trip to Portland. Thanks Daniela.

On the topic of bringing back beer, I returned from Orlando with a few goodies. More on that later.

I once toyed with the idea of making this a beer/skateboard blog. I decided against it. It is not often that the worlds of craft beer and skateboarding collide. The latest Skateboard Mag took up this idea and interviewed a Philadelphia am who spends his time off the board homebrewing. It was a pretty interesting little column. Check it out at your local bookstore. It is issue number 53.

Friday, July 11, 2008

BeerAdvocate July

This month's BA tasting was held at Strelnikov's (Bill) house. The lineup, as usual, was impressive. According to BgThang:
1. Telegraph
2. Sam Adams Triple bock (97 vintage)
3. Iron Hill IRS
4. 2004 Avery Beast
5. Russian River Supplication
6. North by Northwest saison 700
7. Middle ages Wailing wench
8. 2004 celebration Sierra Nevada
9. Okocim Porter
10. Ithaca TEN
11. Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA HE'Brew
12. Southern Tier BackBurner
13. 2005 1.5L Chimay Blue Grand Reserve
14. Rodenbach Grand Cru
15. La Folie
16. Hop Juice Two Brothers
17. Hvedegoop
18. Flat Earth Cygnus X-1
19. Gouden Carolus Noel
Regrettably, I was in Brownsville. Thanks to Bill for the picture and hospitality.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Green Flash Almost Here

Who does not enjoi new beers? Bring em on.

GrapevineJames had this to say at BA:
I was given samples yesterday of the West Coast IPA, the Hop Head, Imperial IPA and the Trippel. That's what Authentic has.
Not sure if those will all be available, but four new beers is a mighty good thang.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

12th Anniv. for Real ALe

Real Ale had their 12th Anniversary party last (last) weekend. Free beer and bbq, I'm there.

Sofia sat in the shade of the grain silo most of the time.

The food line was super long.

Music was a rockin'

A good time for all. I had the Brown Ale, Devil's Backbone (my favorite), Rye and the Lost Gold IPA (first try, pretty good).